Adil Rashid discussing first-class cricket return after three years away

Adil Rashid could be in line for a return to Test cricket after three years away.

The spinner has been in discussions with former club Yorkshire ahead of a potential red-ball return.

His last Test appearance came in January 2019, when he featured for England during the tour of the West Indies.

That was two years after he informed Yorkshire that he wanted to focus on the white ball game, with his last first-class appearance coming in 2017.

The Cricketer reports that Rashid is tempted to return to the club following the staff overhaul which saw friend Darren Gough installed as director of cricket.

He has also made enough progress in terms of his recovery from a long-term shoulder issue to consider making such a move.

Gough has been encouraging Rashid to consider a return, and the club has now confirmed that it has been in discussions with the 34-year-old.

"The club are in discussions with Adil about red-ball cricket but no decisions have been made yet," a spokesperson said.

Despite that confirmation, Rashid is understood to be undecided on whether or not he is willing to commit to playing more Test cricket.

Such a return could also give England an extra spinner option, and the 34-year-old could be given the chance to add to his 19 Test caps.

In anticipation of potentially signing on, Rashid has travelled with the Yorkshire team to the UAE for a pre-season tour.

it is the first time he has travelled on such a tour with the club since 2015.

While Rashid is present, veteran Gary Ballance is absent from the tour amid the allegations made against him by Azeem Rafiq.

Ballance has admitted to calling Rafiq a "p***", releasing a lengthy statement in November where he said he 'deeply regrets some of the language I used in my younger years'.

However, he said the use of slur was 'between friends', insisted 'no malice was intended' by it and claimed it was simply 'a situation where best friends said offensive things to each other'.

The club has not yet clarified the reason behind his absence, but it is not believed to be a physical issue or injury.

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